HOLLAND-based striker Jacob Mulenga has said he feels good to be back in the Chipolopolo fold after a long time and hopes to make a winning return this weekend in Zambia’s CAF 2013 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier against Uganda.
Mulenga, who last played for Zambia in October last year, said the Chipolopolo needed to beat the Cranes on Saturday at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola.
The FC Utrecht player, who had sustained a knee injury last year that kept him out of the 2012 AFCON, was speaking on arrival at Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe International Airport in Ndola yesterday.
“It’s good to be back. It’s been a long time. I put the Uganda match in God’s hands. We have to win this match,” he said.
Despite having little knowledge about Uganda, Mulenga said he was sure coach Herve Renard and his technical bench had done their homework.
Midfielder William Njobvu, who also arrived on the morning flight with Mulenga, said Zambia’s chances of beating Uganda were high but cautioned his colleagues against complacency.
“Zambia’s chances are high. It’s an important match and I am looking forward to it,” the 25-year-old said.
Njobvu of Israeli side Hapoel Ironi Kiryat Shmona, however, said Uganda were a strong team and the Chipolopolo needed to be at their best to subdue the Cranes.
Immediately after arrival, Mulenga and Njobvu joined nine of their colleagues in camp for yesterday’s morning training session at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium.
Other foreign-based players already at the Michelangelo Lodge camp are Jonas Sakuwaha, Felix Katongo, Davies Nkausu, Joseph Musonda, Chintu Kampamba, Lawrence Phiri while the locals are Thomas Nyirenda with goalkeepers Joshua Titima and Danny Munyau.
Chipolopolo team manager, Lusekelo Kamwambi said skipper Christopher Katongo with his China-based duo of Isaac Chansa and James Chamanga were expected in camp late yesterday alongside first-choice goalkeeper, Kennedy Mweene and midfielder Noah Chivuta from South Africa.
Kamwambi said the DR Congo legion of Rainford Kalaba, Stoppila Sunzu, Hichani Himoonde, Francis Kasonde and Nathan Sinkala were expected in camp by dinner time last night with Russia-based Chisamba Lungu.